Farmers Day - Upper East Region Takes Its Turn
2006-01-24 19:19:23This article has been read 1032 times.THE Upper East Region which did not mark last year’s Farmers Day because the December 2, national event was hosted by Navrongo, the regional capital, held its regional Day at Bongo last Friday.
The district events took place simultaneously.
At the regional awards ceremony, Alhaji Sofo Sana, a 57-year-old farmer from Bawku, was adjudged the 2005 Upper East Regional Best Farmer.He was subsequently presented with a cornmill, a sewing machine, a bicycle, a radio set, two matchets and a pair of Wellington boots all valued at ¢40 million.
Alhaji Sana owns 20 acres of maize, 60 acres cowpea, 42 acres soya-beans, 30 acres millet, 37.5 acres groundnuts, 35 acres sorghum and 45 acres rice.
He also possesses a large livestock of 424 cattle, 55 sheep, 129 fowls and 250 guinea-fowls.
Alhaji Sana, who has been farming for 45 years, also cultivates 200 mango trees, 250 shea trees and 52 acres of cocoa.
Twelve other farmers received regional awards.
Each of them received a bicycle, a piece of wax-print, a radio set, two matchets and a pair of Wellington boots.
The Upper East Regional Minister, Boniface Gambilla, said that the theme for the Day, "Agricultural Production and Productivity: The key to growth and poverty reduction," underscored governments commitment to make agriculture the cornerstone of its development agenda.
Mr. Roy Ayariga, the regional director of MOFA, said that the Ministry had procured a number of irrigation pumping machines for farmers to enhance day season farming to complement the poor rain-fed production.
Mr. Francis Akurugu Asamane, Bongo DCE, announced that government has released - ¢250 million to be disbursed to organized farmers’ groups for the purchase of cornmills, donkey carts, bullocks for ploughing and more pumping machines.